Rosberg takes pole in Bahrain, Vettel 2nd and Alonso 3rd

International Sports Desk, Apr 20 (EFE).- German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, the fourth Formula One race of the season, while Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will start second and third, respectively.

Rosberg clinched the second pole of his career on Saturday after covering the 5.412-kilometer (3.363-mile) circuit in Sakhir in 1:32.330, while countryman Vettel, who drives for Red Bull and is the three-time defending Formula One champion and this season's leader, posted a time of 1:32.584.

Spanish Ferrari driver Alonso will start third, just as he did last weekend in China, after recording a time of 1:32.667.

His teammate, Brazilian Felipe Massa, will accompany him on the second row after grid penalties were handed out to Britain's Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Australia's Mark Webber (Red Bull).

Hamilton dropped to ninth after a five-place penalty for a gearbox change prior to the start of qualification.

Webber finished fifth in the qualifying but a grid penalty for causing a collision during last week's Chinese Grand Prix pushed him back to seventh.